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Top 5 Health Benefits of Turmeric

Birmingham chiropractor Lisa Andrews says “I’m a big fan of a healthy lifestyle and see diet as an integral part of this. How you choose to fuel your body impacts greatly on your energy, health, mood and quality of life.” There’s so much information out there these days on super foods and magic ingredients that will transform our health, so we at Zest Chiropractic thought we’d share some information on one of our favourite healthy ingredients – turmeric! Read on to find out more about how this spice can help you and try our simple juice recipe so you can start enjoying all its benefits too.

Turmeric is a plant from the ginger family, native to Southwest India. Its root is dried and ground into an orangey yellow powder that has been used for thousands of years in India both as a spice and a medicinal herb.

So why should our Birmingham chiropractic patients care about turmeric? Here are our top 5 health benefits of this fantastic ingredient.

  1. It’s a powerful natural anti-inflammatory. In fact studies show its effect to be comparable to anti-inflammatory medication – but without the side effects! (Jurenka 2009).
  2. It’s an antioxidant – so can help protect our bodies against free radical damage which is involved in ageing and many diseases. (Menon et al 2007).
  3. Studies have shown it can reduce the spread of cancer and cause death of cancer cells. (Ravindran et al 2009).
  4. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties. (Ragasa et al 2005).
  5. Curcumin in turmeric can cross the blood-brain barrier and has been shown to help clear amyloid plaques which build up in Alzheimer’s disease. (Zhang et al 2006).

Whilst some of these benefits need more research in the form of human trials, Turmeric is certainly a rising star with many potential therapeutic uses. Since it is easily available, natural and delicious isn’t it time you started getting more of it into your diet? You can read more about the health benefits of turmeric here.

“Other than in a good home made curry” says Birmingham chiropractor Lisa “my favourite way to have turmeric is to drink it.” Turmeric is absorbed better by the body in the presence of ginger, so this Zest Chiropractic juice recipe is a fantastic way to help you get all the health benefits in one quick blast. Plus ginger is another powerful anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant – bonus!

Ingredients

1 lemon
Ginger root (2-3cm)
1-2 tsp turmeric

Simply juice the lemon and pour into a small glass. Grate in the ginger, stir in the turmeric, drink and enjoy!  Now we won’t lie to you, turmeric in this quantity can be an acquired taste. Your chiropractor Lisa loves it, but if you prefer, start with a smaller quantity – maybe just ½ a teaspoon and work up.

Give it a try and let us know how you get on – we love to hear how our chiropractic patients are boosting their health naturally.

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Jurenka JS. Anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, a major constituent of Curcuma longa: a review of preclinical and clinical research. Altern Med Rev. 2009 Jun;14(2):141-53.

Menon VP, Sudheer AR. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2007;595:105-25.

Ragasa C, Laguardia M, Rideout J (2005). Antimicrobial sesquiterpenoids and diarylheptanoid from Curcuma domestica. ACGC Chem Res Comm 18 (1): 21–24.

Ravindran J, Prasad S, Aggarwal B. Curcumin and Cancer Cells: How Many Ways Can Curry Kill Tumor Cells Selectively? AAPS J. 2009 Sep; 11(3): 495–510.

Zhang L, Fiala M, Cashman J, Sayre J, Espinosa A, Mahanian M, Zaghi J, Badmaev V, Graves MC, Bernard G, Rosenthal M. Curcuminoids enhance amyloid-beta uptake by macrophages of Alzheimer’s disease patients. J Alzheimers Dis. 2006 Sep;10(1):1-7.

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